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Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Levy
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Back in the early 1980s, word spread about an inviting little personal computer that used something called a mouse and smiled at you when you turned it on. Steven Levy relates his first encounter with the pre-released Mac and goes on to chronicle the machine that Apple developers hoped would "make a dent in the universe." A wonderful story told by a terrific writer (Levy was the longtime writer of the popular "Iconoclast" column in MacWorld; he's now a columnist with Newsweek, the birth and first ten years of the Macintosh is a great read.


The creation of the Mac in 1984 catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Now veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.

This new edition includes a never-before-seen transcript of an interview with Steve Jobs.

"Engaging . . . A delightful and timely book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A holy scripture for loyal clickers of the mouse that may someday result in placement by digital Gideons in all motel rooms (virtual and actual) serving travelers on the information highway." --San Francisco Examiner


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 419 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0140291776
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006ZA7E6M
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Debunks some myths... 28. Juni 1999
1) This book clears up a myth about the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) debacle: In the TLC documentary "Revenge of the Nerds" and in the recently-aired TNT original movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley", it is implied that the Xerox researchers were anxious to have their GUI receive exposure in the world of personal computers and were frustrated by the Xerox executives' lack of interest. Levy contradicts this: according to his account the PARC people were "true" scientists, a lot more interested in theory than application and somewhat disdainful of unleashing their ideas on the masses (a notable exception, according to Levy, being Larry Tesler who later joined Apple.) He portrays PARC as something of an ivory tower of computer science academics who were unconcerned with any public reception of their ideas, rather than as a nascent software developer that was swindled of its "props" by the indifference of Xerox and the acquisitiveness of the Macintosh team. As I have not read any of the other books about Apple and the famed PARC heist, I don't know whether Levy's assertions have been confirmed by any other writers.
2) Another issue which is related to the above is the popular belief that the developers of the Mac OS owed everything to the work of the PARC people. Levy challenges this, siting several specific instances in which the Mac developers (notably Bill Atkinson and his "QuickDraw") completely invented solutions to problems in the interface that had been poorly or not at all dealth with by PARC.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Macintosh RIP!! 2. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I like to call this book "The Epic of Macintosh." I read it at my local public library in 3 hours, after I left work. It is not a book that I highly recommend simply because it seems to be one long eulogy that canonizes anyone and everyone who was originally affiliated with Macintosh back in the early 80's. But if I might rely on the proverbial "silver lining," Steven Levy does reveal quite a few things about the advent of this machine that continues to, as Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Computers, put it,"change the world." He talks about the LISA, Apple's first marketed PC--and its failure, and the people at PARC (Palo Alto Research Center,) who aided in its development into what would later become the Macintosh. He also has an uncanny way of depicting Steve Jobs as a benevolent Christ figure with a mission.
One point I did find particularly interesting was the debt of gratitude all PC users owe to the Apple Corporation. Apple's design for a GUI (graphic user interface) epitomized their insistence for finding an easier way for the consumer to navigate through a computer. This made the machine much more personal and tactile. The stodginess and sluggishness of command lines, characteristic of the old IBM's, were integrated into systems with which future developers could fathom, much less create, virtual reality.
Levy traces the story of the Macintosh as if he is telling us about his fiancée who has three months to live. I must admit that I have yet to find a user who speaks of his PC with such affection. However, this is common in the Macintosh arena.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen No hero worship here. 29. April 1997
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What I find most satisfying about Levy's style is that he resisted the urge to indulge in hero worship. It's really difficult when dealing with the sort of people he's talking about.After all, this is the computer that's always been "better", stands to reason the people behind it would be interesting. So it's a real relief for me that Levy didn't focus on any one of the people involved (it wouldn't have been easy anyway since the Macintosh project involved so many people who left their mark).The book is quite entertaining, and attains just the right level of concentration required to mimic the frenzied work that went into the mac. When you come out of 'insanely great' you get the feeling that you know a lot of these people, and that you understand what they did. This is only true because Levy speaks of their faults as well as their amazing abilities. The book isn't a blow by blow account of the development of the mac. I got the sense that numerous little details had been kept out of my view so that the bigger picture could present itself. This was probably a good decision to make, since the book could have gone on endlessly. If you want to know how the germ of an interface that felt like home was born, how it took a group of people who believed it would change the world to make it a reality, to get some idea of what went on while the great texts of the Macintosh religion were being discovered and written, and if you want to hear some of the greatest corporate/computer metaphors you'd ever encounter, you need this book. Maybe, just maybe you'll come out of this with a real understanding of why 'real artists ship' and what it means to make a dent in the universe. If you've ever used a Mac and wondered why it felt so good, you should read Levy's book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Biased Reporting
I found the author biased in his book. He was obviously an Apple/Macintosh supporter in the war between Apple and IBM. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2000 von Leng Ho Keat
5.0 von 5 Sternen Still A Classic
Steven Levy's Insanely Great is still the fun story of how Apple's Macintosh redefined how the average person wants to use a computer (no command line). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 2000 von "jwhatch"
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Macintosh Evolution
Insanely Great takes a look at how the Macintosh evolved from a garage with two hippies and a soldering iron into a multi billion dollar company. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2000 von Daniel Kiss
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, even moving account of Apple
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The history of Apple, from its lowly origins to the well-known company it is today, is described in great detail. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2000 von C. Hulshof
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent history of interface philosophy
Insanely Great is a book that gives the reader a greater understanding of the kind of thinking and philosophy that has become the framework of modern computing, and how Apple... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 1999 von Cary
5.0 von 5 Sternen It took me 4 days to read it!
A chronological history that reads like a screenplay. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and read it all in 4 days. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 27. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen fast reading and informative
Insanely Great was an informative, fast reading book that keeps you interested as Steven Levy takes you through the history of the Macintosh and into the garages it was created in. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 5. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good enlightenment on computer history
This book follows the evolution of the Mac from its humble beginnings to its current grandeur. However, Levy is so enthusiastic about the Mac that this sometimes makes his... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great crash course book on computing history.
Steven Levy's "Insanely Great", chronicles the development of the Apple Macintosh computer. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen An easy, informational read.
In Insanely Great, Steven Levy does a good job in condensing the entire early history of the Macintosh computer. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. September 1999 veröffentlicht
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